In this issue…
1. CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE WRITING TRAINING COURSE IS 24-29 APRIL
2. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
3. NEW INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN BOOK DATABASE LAUNCHES
4. INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE
5. SERVANTPREP TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS LEADERS
6. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
7. TENTMAKING EVENTS: GO AHEAD, ATTEND ONE!
8. MINISTRY TO INT’L STUDENTS TRAINING CONF
9. MISSION FOR PRIME-TIME MISSIONARIES
10. CONFERENCE FOR MINISTERING TO JAPANESE IN N. AM.
1. CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE WRITING TRAINING COURSE IS 24-29 APRIL — A five- and-a-half-day intensive course in Korea will cover topics such as strategic planning, building circulation, increasing advertising revenue, financial management, managing personnel, generating income, research, production, and developing a magazine business plan. Language: English, with interpretation into Korean. Future conferences include Croatia October and November. More information: http://www.magazinetraining.com (Thanks Tony!)
2. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(dot)com [Please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. NEW INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN BOOK DATABASE LAUNCHES — The Global Publishers Alliance announces the launch of the first online service to provide ministry professionals with information on Christian books translated into the world’s languages. The International Christian Book Database (http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.php?loc=bk) fills a critical need as the only consolidated place where the international ministry community can look for international Christian publishers who are distributing key Christian books already available in the United States and Canada. The database provides flexible searches based on title, author or language. It is a partnership between The Network for Strategic Missions (www.strategicnetwork.org) and the GPA. Any questions, comments or suggestions can be sent to icbd(at)strategicnetwork(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE — Are you interested in learning to produce a constant supply fish and vegetables as an outreach in a needy neighborhood, at an orphanage, or even as a “Helps Ministry” in other countries? If so, you will want to attend a practical course entitled, “Integrated Agricultural Systems” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 7-11, 2005. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics”, which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. It will also give an expanded overview of how it can be practically used to integrate all types of agricultural systems, bringing them into a natural balance and turning waste products into an asset. Course participants will learn the techniques of inexpensively constructing and operating these systems which are adaptable to all types of environments. Each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small-scale system from barrels, capable of producing fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs. This will serve as a learning facility before using as an effective outreach or expanding to a larger operation. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org , or write: Aquaculture International, Inc., PO Box 606, Andrews, NC 28901.
5. SERVANTPREP TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS LEADERS — It’s not too late! Two more ServantPrep Seminars for STM leaders will be held yet this spring and it’s not too late to register: Ft. Worth – Feb 25-27 and Waianae, HI April 7-9. (Moving the seminar out of Waikiki has dropped the price.) Contact Ray Howard at 303 757-4442 or servantprep(at)aol(dot)com for more info on either of these 3-day interactive training programs. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You can also check it out at “Leadership Training” at http://www.commitministries.com
6. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. February 28 to March 25, 2005. Details, application forms, and alternate dates listed in website at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
7. TENTMAKING EVENTS: GO AHEAD, ATTEND ONE! — Global Opportunities is excited to report that their training programs are up and running in various locations. Oregon in the USA. Abbotsford BC (near Vancouver) and Calgary Alberta for seminars. If you are interested in something more substantial than a half day seminar, TENT of Norway is offering it’s annual 4.5 day TENTmaking course in Bergen for Europeans in May 2005, in English of course. For you long term planners, there is also a 4.5 day annual course coming up in October 2005 in Pasadena California. Many other cities are being considered for spring seminars, like Kelowna BC, Nanaimo BC, Toronto ON, Seattle WA area etc. You just GO and visit their website to find out about one you might attend. If you would like to host a seminar at your location, we suggest you connect with Ari Rocklin directly at ari.rocklin(at)globalopps(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. Websites for the above – http://www.globalopps.org http://www.tent.no www.tentmaking.org
8. MINISTRY TO INT’L STUDENTS TRAINING CONF — ACMI’05, June 3-5, near Portland, OR, offers 50 workshops related to ministry among International students. Plenary sessions will address the theology and ethics of ISM. About 300 participants from churches, mission agencies, campus ministries and individual ministries attend the annual (24th) equipping event. Early bird deadline for $199 registration for conference, room, and meals is March 15th. See http://www.acmi-network.org Questions? Contact Leiton Chinn, president, Association of Christian Ministries to Internationals, lechinn(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you looking for greater intimacy with God and an adventure in cross-cultural missions? If you are a single or couple age 30 or more, or a family with children, consider taking the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission at Lebanon PA USA. This 20 week program includes 12 weeks of lectures, with speakers who focus on such topics as the father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercession, spiritual warfare, and relationships. Students then have the option to minister in Ukraine for 8 weeks, a very practical cross-cultural ministry experience. Lecture phase is from March 21 to June 10, 2005 with outreach to Ukraine immediately following. Details and application forms are on website http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
10. MISSION FOR PRIME-TIME MISSIONARIES — Mission to the World of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) will be hosting “Prime Time Missions,” a vision retreat where those over fifty can explore opportunities and practicalities for service in cross-cultural missions April 25-29. The conference will be held at Ridge Haven Conference center, near Asheville, NC and is open to anyone over fifty with an interest in missions. There is a significant discount available to the first fifty folks signing up at http://www.ridgehaven.org or by calling 1-800-270-9932 and ask for Senior vision Registration or 678-823-0004, ext 350 and asking for David White. For more information, write dwhite(at)mtw(dot)org